Nuggets 247 – Girls 4

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Girls, wall of sound production; you know the drill.

Norma-Jean Wofford aka The Duchess is on the cover, a groovy guitarist who played with Bo Diddley. The Duchess kept up with Mr Diddley, but on heels, as demonstrated in the clip below.

It’s slightly disconcerting that nearly all these bands are from the USA. Note to self, listen to more local bands.

Sweet Bulbs is a now defunct Brooklyn band that made a delightful smeary sound. Some of the band members play on as Butter The Children – see the Bandcamp widget below.

Potty Mouth is a tuneful grrrrrrl band. They can be intimidating to mild mannered men.


Asobi Seksu have an excellent shoegazey sound. Sad to report but they have decided to stop making music.

There are two songs about record stores, one from through the eyes of a crazed fan, the other seeing the shop as a place to pick up guys / girls. I prefer the crazed fan one – sharp lyrics.

In Sadie, Katie Crutchfield of the late P.S. Eliot lets rip. This may the last chance we have to hear her scream now that she has gone all mainstream. Hopefully her (twin) sister will keep up the yelling.


Asobi Seksu – Perfect Crystal from Future Sweden on Vimeo.

Nuggets 176 – Girls make noise

Nuggets 176 - Girls make Noise


What do Girls, Little Girls and Women have in common? Well, apart from being impossible to google, they are all bands with no female members. Mountain Men is a 4 piece female band that makes sweet Appalachian tunes. With this gender bending going down, its difficult to reliably put together a mix of female bands. Of course a mix focusing on bands with female members suggests that such bands have a sound that stands apart from bands with a gender mix. But what sound?

Weeeeeeeeeeeell that’s a difficult question that I can’t begin to answer. I can say that having a female singer is probably a good start, but then so do many bands. I also believe that I can generally tell that a band has a woman drummer , but that doesn’t always work, i.e. Comanechi whose Akiko Matsuura (more) moonlights as the drummer for Big Pink. I doubt that an all male band would sing about their pussy (as Comanechi did) or a song entitled Nestle in my Boobies (a great song from the Coathangers).

Without delving any deeper I present this mix of bands that seem to fit the bill.  The Screaming Females headline of course, Marissa Paternoster (more) is a force of nature, a 21st century Iggy Pop and a bloody brilliant guitarist. There is a Thunder Power track, I particularly like Kacynna Tompsett‘s voice, and tracks from Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast and Kristen Gundred aka Dee Dee of  Dum Dum Girls

First up, Chin Chin with a bangles-esque stomper.